CEO says books aren’t built in a day

Despite careful planning, years in advance, I’m still occasionally surprised by the way certain topics or themes emerge across a year-long publishing program. After reading Marcella Polain’s Driving into the Sun – and knowing that James Foley was working on a graphic novel called Chickensaurus – I thought that perhaps 2019 might end up being the year of the chook. Instead, we seem to have deserted the henhouse and taken up residence in the architect’s office.

The cover of Steve Hawke’s new novel, Out of Time, features UWA’s Moreton Bay fig as it was before the collapse of its main branches. It’s on the cover to represent lead character Joe’s favourite tree, but its arches and buttresses also represent the deep passion that underlies the protagonist’s passion as an architect working in Perth.  The creators of Built Perth are real people with a real interest in Perth’s architectural history. Elliot Langdon and Tom McKendrick each have a degree in architecture and have worked in local firms. They see Perth as a place full of fascinating buildings by visionary designers. Out of Time and Built Perth are scheduled for release in August.

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Most books aren’t built in a day but some take longer than others, which brings me to our third architecturally themed book: Cathedral Square: The Historic Heart of Perth with text by David Whish-Wilson. We first started this consultancy project in 2015 working with Treasury WA Pty Ltd and their publishing partners: the Government of Western Australia, the Perth Diocesan Trustees, the Public Trustee, the City of Perth, Mirvac, Keppel REIT, the State Buildings and COMO The Treasury. Then we waited for two entire buildings to be constructed so they could be photographed for the book. Finally launched at the State Buildings’ Postal Hall by Adrian Fini last month, the book is an illustrated history of Perth’s Cathedral Square precinct, from the arrival of British colonists to the completion of the Cadogan Song School, designed by Palassis Architects, and Church House and the City of Perth Library, designed by Kerry Hill Architects. Custom publishing can be very rewarding and we are proud to have worked with all the Cathedral Square partners to create a book that we believe does justice to this historic and vibrant precinct.


Books, like buildings, are designed and constructed by a team of individuals. It’s our people – those we work with, those we work for, and those who enjoy what we do – who provide the foundation for all that Fremantle Press does and represents. We are very pleased to welcome Louise Jones to the Fremantle Press board. Louise is a partner in The Write Business, which supports not-for-profits, government agencies and businesses to develop content and widen their reach. Louise is also a former barrister who, in her spare time, is on fundraising committees for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Asthma Foundation WA.

Louise became our newest Fremantle Press Champion of Literature this week and she describes her appointment to the Fremantle Press board as a ‘dream come true’ because of her passion for all things books.

Louise’s first job will be to host the next Fremantle Press Champions of Literature Soirée on 10 April. If, like Louise, you have a passion for local literature and are considering becoming a champion yourself, please join us. Authors Anne-Louise Willoughby and Amanda Curtin will be our guests this month – here’s a video from Anne-Louise explaining why our champions are so important.

Contact me at for all the details.

Till next time, Jane

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